The main goal of the dental profession is to prevent tooth decay in children and adults. Decay is one of the primary reasons for losing teeth, which can alter how a person talks, eats, and looks. Armed with preventive procedures like dental sealants, dentists have been winning the war against cavities, which means more people have healthy teeth.
Dental Sealants form a plastic-like layer of protection over teeth to prevent food particles and acids from seeping between the cracks of teeth and causing tooth decay. One of our dentists in Knoxville, TN, covers the surface of your teeth with one of these products to prevent cavities. Although most of the patients who get this treatment are young, older adults who have a history of tooth decay in the last 3 years will benefit from this preventive treatment as well.
There is more than one type of sealant available to our dentists at TLC Dental Care. The available types include resin and glass ionomer sealants. Sealants can protect teeth in two ways. One, by sealing out food particles and acids that can cause tooth decay, and two, by supplying teeth with fluoride protection.
The chemical make-up of sealants includes fluoride to continue strengthening children’s growing teeth. While resin-based sealants have low fluoride release, glass ionomer sealants have a high fluoride release. Our dentists near you in Knoxville, TN, can explain how sealants work and which may be best for your or your child’s teeth.
As with most products containing plastic, sealants contain small amounts of Bisphenol-A or BPA. Fortunately, they contain such a low amount, about 09 nanograms, that they are safe to use on kids’ and adults’ teeth.
Studies show that there is more exposure to BPA from shampoo, food, body wash, and cash register receipts than from sealants. So, as a parent and consumer, you don’t need to worry about the BPA in sealants adversely affecting your children or yourself.
Our dentists at TLC Dental Care in Knoxville, TN, use sealants to prevent tooth decay from damaging your teeth so that you or your kids will have great smiles for the rest of their lives.